You’ve seen the ads, luring you to a website if you support Col. Allen West or another conservative running for office. They’re flashy and loud and all over the Internet. But where is the money going? Many political activists find themselves frustrated at putting in long hours working unpaid on campaigns, while a few consultants at the top of the food chain are raking in disproportionately big bucks.
The Center for Public Integrity, which has been investigating the spending habits of 300 super PACs and hybrid PACs, concluded, “Many of these committees operated as piggy banks for golf expenses and steakhouse soirees or vehicles for filling the bank accounts of consulting firms and super PAC executives.”
Some of the candidates running for office are getting annoyed at having their persona used to raise money that is not going to them. The PACs are creating a perception that the candidate is part of the fundraising effort, when in reality, the candidate has nothing to do with it and in fact is prohibited by law from coordinating with independent PACs.